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 Damon Hulit dances with Casey Bartlemay  as Jesse Maher shoots images in preparation for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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Damon Hulit dances with Casey Bartlemay as Jesse Maher shoots images in preparation for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.



Professional showcase

In addition to the gorge stars performing during the first half of Thursday’s Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association presentation, in the last half of the event the audience will get to see the professional 20-member Utah Ballroom Dance Company perform a showcase from their “Cinemagic” performance.

This year’s performance, though still movie-themed, will include all different routines, said production manager Jesse Maher.

Most of the dancers in the Utah Ballroom Dance Company are university students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

The 20-member company is based in Corvallis. It is a four-year-old branch of the original Utah group.

The company members rehearse 20 to 30 hours a week, in addition to maintaining fulltime school schedules and part-time or full-time jobs, Maher said.

“They love dance and that’s why they’re here,” he said.

They’ve been doing the local stars performances throughout that time.

“It’s been very successful,” Maher said. “We’ve never sent anybody out that hasn’t been successful.”

The trick, Maher said, is to make sure the choreography is something the competitors can actually do.

“We come in with a preset routine and then we modify it to something they feel comfortable with.”

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BOB PALMER strikes a pose while rehearsing with his partner, Jenn Berry, in preparation for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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Tonya Brumley with Seth Ward dance while rehearsing for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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Luise Langheinrich with Andrew Blackburne dance in preparation for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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Pam Jensen with Alex Galvan dance in preparation for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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Mike Urness with Haley Wayt prepare for Dancing with the Gorge Stars this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

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